WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that he will not accept his federal salary during a government shutdown if one occurs. Following the 1995 shutdown when Brown donated his salary to various charities in his then-House District, Brown introduced legislation that would prohibit Members of Congress from receiving their salaries as long as the shutdown continues.
“If the government is shutdown, I shouldn't be getting a paycheck," Brown said. "Hardworking Ohioans deserve elected officials who will take a serious approach to passing a budget. But when Washington politicians use the budget process to pick ideological fights, American taxpayers lose out. I will fight to prevent a shut down, but if the government does shut down, bad behavior by Washington politicians shouldn't be rewarded with paychecks."
Brown announced plans to donate his federal salary to charity if the government shuts down, and is urging all his colleagues – from the President and Vice President to all Members of the House and Senate – to do the same. Brown signed a ‘No Budget, No Pay’ pledge because if the government shuts down, millions of working Ohioans will be impacted, and elected officials should not be exempt.
Brown cosponsored legislation that was passed by the U.S. Senate that would prevent lawmakers and the President from drawing a salary if the government shuts down. However, the House of Representatives has not brought the bill to the floor for a vote.